The rift between the initial organizers and the outsiders developed after a delegation of pro-Palestinian activists from East Asia and some Arab countries promoting the Global March to Jerusalem arrived in Iran and met with a senior Iranian adviser to the country's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran promised support for the protest, which was not widely welcomed by the initial group of mostly Palestinian organizers of the protest, who wanted to maintain their independence.
Particular concern is being expressed that the outsiders will take over protest marches and seek confrontations on Israel's borders, particularly the Lebanese and Syrian frontiers, and that the outsiders will convey messages contrary to the original organizers' wishes.
Organizers of international protest marches scheduled for Friday to mark Land Day have expressed concern that
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